What is Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award?

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is all about understanding the world around you. We are surrounded by the mass media.  It affects the way we lead our lives in an increasingly diverse way. To fully understand the influence it has, you will study texts from the worlds of television, film, the print media, advertising and popular music and respond to them critically, before using your knowledge to create your own media products.

The qualification is equivalent to a GCSE, with the grades as follows:

Distinction = A at GCSE
Merit = B at GCSE
Pass = C at GCSE

What skills will you develop?

You will learn how to analyse a wide range of media texts.  You will develop your skills in the planning and creation of media texts and your communication skills will be enhanced.  You will develop your investigative skills.  You will also learn to engage with the developing media technologies, utilising your ICT skills in the process.

The course is made up of two core units and two optional units.

Core Units

Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – assessed through externally set exam

Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product - controlled assessment

Optional Units

Unit 3: Digital Moving Image - controlled assessment

Unit 4: Digital Audio Production - controlled assessment

Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production - controlled assessment

Unit 6: Website Production - controlled assessment


How will you be assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed through an externally set exam, whilst the other units are all assessed through controlled assessments.

What could I do next with Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award?

The BTEC course is designed to link into the AS and A2 course in Media Studies, which will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge even further.  Also, there are many varied and exciting careers which Media Studies can be used for and you can use the skills gained on this course to prepare you for any of them.  If you would like a career in Film and Television Production, Journalism, Public Relations or Advertising, then this may be the course for you.


Media Studies is an exciting addition to the curriculum at Lady Lumley’s School and will offer those students who opt for it a wide ranging view of the world as well as a unique opportunity to produce original and creative media products of their own.

For more information, please see Mr Wilcock.